Archive for April, 2011

Is this the cleanest Ames Stormer?

Posted in Ames Stormer on April 24, 2011 by Racer

I got a email from Jim Estelle regarding his Ames Stormer. He is the original owner and as far as he can remember his dad got it new back in 1978 from a bike shop. This is backed up by the decals. He didnt say if the chrome and decals are original. If so it is clearly NOS (New Old Stock) or as close as you can come. It is unusual in that is has the 78 decals but has a Gary Turner built frame.  The newer (2nd generation) Ames came out sometime in 1978. So perhaps his is the last batch of the Gary Turner built Ames and was simply made in very late 77 or early 78. It is unclear at this time when the first 2nd Gen frames were made.

It doesnt have a serial number just the letters “KAZ Y”. I dont think was normal for CYC and perhaps the bike was originally intended for a Team rider. Then the rider left before getting his or her bike.  Kaz could be a nickname or short part of the last name. Like Kos for Kosmala.

Now you know, the rest of the story

Posted in CYC Company History on April 11, 2011 by Racer

The entire time I raced, I never knew what “Magic Mushroom” stood for on the CYC team jerseys in 77-78. The 79 Jersey didnt seem to have it anymore.  I loved those old Blue and Orange jerseys. I would have rode for CYC in a second in 78 but it was my first year racing.  By the time I was good enough for a Factory co sponsorship CYC team was no more.

But what the heck did “Magic Mushroom” mean. I mean it was in huge letters on every CYC Jersey in those years.  Well thanks to Johnny Johnson and Leo Dano we now know. Leo it turns out rode for “Magic Mushroom” back in the 80s. But by this time CYC was gone. Turns out “Magic Mushroom” was a bike shop in Glendale, California. Now you know, the rest of the story.